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I loved the characters in this book, most familiar to me from previous books in the series, but I particularly loved Audrey and Jonathan. Audrey is an inspiring heroine -- strong, independent, hopeful, determined, courageous, curious, unwilling to be constrained by societal conventions, and she feels deeply. Jonathan, for misguided reasons, hides his feelings from her - but he is her perfect foil. As a result, she thinks he doesn’t care while he thinks she doesn’t. Meanwhile, everyone around them is well aware of the feelings they harbor for one another.
This had some genuinely amusing moments as well as quite a few touching and tense ones. And some thoughtful insights, like this one from Jonathan early on: “Do you ever feel like you’re an outsider looking in on this world? Like your face is pressed to the glass? All you hear is muffled, and what you see is a bit blurred. And most maddening of all, you can’t get any closer?” And this description of heartache was visceral in its accuracy: “Every dream he had hung his hopes upon in the last year quivered like dew on blades of grass, ready to drop to the earth and sink into oblivion. The emptiness in his chest nearly choked him. He closed his eyes for a minute, forcing himself to breathe deeply.”
And this was one of those amusing conversations that had me laughing:
“She wants to be a spy, yet she’d been telling everyone about it? Not an excellent way to start her career.” Godric’s biting sarcasm wasn’t lost on his wife. “She’s only nineteen,” Emily reminded him.
I loved the fact that Audrey wanted to be a spy, but couldn’t keep her mouth shut about it! The reason I include Emily’s comment about her being 19 is because I remember when I was nineteen, a long time ago, and despite her immaturity in some ways, she is still way more mature than I or any of my friends were. At nineteen, I wasn’t thinking about how I could help my country, and marriage was the furthest thing from my mind. So, maybe she was too exuberant and that clouded her judgment, but she had some serious goals and was exceptionally brave, and I have to admire her for that.
My only complaint about this book is that now I’m anxious to read the next one. It’s not a cliffhanger, but based on all that transpired in this one, I’m impatient to learn more about Charles Humphrey, Tom Linley, and Hugo Waverly. Audrey and Jonathan are memorable characters and I recommend this book. I can’t wait for the next one.
Bonus: There is a complete bonus novel, Bewitching the Earl, at the end of this book and I loved it! Also, I received an ARC e-book of this book as I am a huge fan of Lauren Smith.
Jonathan had adored Audrey from the moment he met her. He’d been captivated by her beauty, her intelligence, and her lively spirit. He had no title and only a small estate to offer while she was the daughter of a viscount. Yet Audrey made him want a future he’d never dreamed of having. The problem was being a gentleman was new to him. It was important to him that he play by society’s rules so Audrey would find him worthy of her love. It was difficult to contain his wild side around her. So he avoided her at social gatherings and did his best to ignore her overtures. Audrey saw this as indifference and felt she’d misunderstood the feelings she’d thought he had. Or perhaps it was just a game to him. No matter how each vowed they’d behave differently around the other, each encounter led to arguments, and each argument led to intense moments of passion.
When Audrey expresses a desire to pursue work as a spy and wants to learn to defend herself, Jonathan sees it as the perfect opportunity to spend time alone with her. So he makes a deal with her. And what a delicious deal it is!
They say love is blind and I guess it’s true because Audrey and Jonathan had trouble seeing what everyone else managed to see clearly. That they were crazy about each other. I loved Audrey for her acceptance of others regardless of class or title. I loved Jonathan for his support of Audrey. Where others might see her actions as another crazy scheme, Jonathan supported her and believed in her abilities.
I especially enjoyed seeing the League of Rogues again. Their lives are changing and I worried that their special bond may change as well. But this book reassured me that the League will always rally to aid a friend.
There are so many characters I still want to read more of so I hope Lauren Smith is ready to carry on with this series for a long time. I am dying for Charles’ story. He was extra charming in this book. He’s the most roguish of the group and seems to have the darkest secrets. I just know his story will be spectacular. I’m hoping there’s more with Avery and Tom Linley as well. I feel like there’s much more to them than we know about.
This entire series has become an addiction for me. Just when I get one character’s story, there’s another character that intrigues me. Each story is perfection. The characters are some of the most endearing I’ve ever read. There’s so much passion, intrigue, and danger that you feel compelled to keep turning those pages. I seriously think Lauren Smith should offer a support group to help us readers survive the inevitable book hangover we’ll endure waiting until the next book arrives.
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